New Delhi: Union Minister for Home Affairs, Amit Shah presided as Chief Guest over the 5th International Ramayan Festival organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), in New Delhi on Tuesday.
ICCR was established with the vision of propagating Indian culture and its values to the whole world. There is no other better way to realize this vision than organizing the Ramayan festival, he said.
International Ramayan Festival is being organized for 5th year in a row, during which 17 countries have participated with their artists and rendered their versions of Ramayan. Ramayan is one such scripture that has transcended Personal, Societal, Religious, Cultural and National boundaries and reached a global audience.
Shah highlighted upon the Indian culture and Ramayan saying that it is the treasure of centuries-old Indian culture and has solutions to all problems in the world. He said, ” It is an unparalleled creation by Maharishi Valmiki on the life and values of an ideal human being. It beautifully depicts the highs and lows of human life and answers questions on morality and ethics arising out of difficult situations in life.”
The Home Minister added, ” Ramayan goes beyond this and has even explained difficult concepts like good governance, the art of war, science and technology, protecting the dignity of women, among others, through conversations between the different characters in the scripture.”
Amit Shah congratulated ICCR for its ravishing effort to take Indian culture and its ambassador ‘Ramayan’, to the whole world. He also encouraged people to imbibe values from Ramayan in their lives and strive to become an ideal human being.